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I’m considering buying a canoe/electric motor combination for fishing on some of the local ponds like Willow Creek, Foster, Chesterwoods, etc. and I have a few questions. First of all is it legal to use such a rig on these waters? How big of a trolling motor would push a 14’ canoe (42” beam) with 2 people and gear comfortably? Could you use this set-up on the Zumbro River? Does anyone out there have any experience with this kind of a set-up? Any info would be appreciated.

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I run a 17 foot fiberglass camoflage war machine that has been patched and repatched so many times it weighs as much as an armored car. It's a square stern and I run a little 30 pound thrust electric. It gets me and another adult with a cooler around on the Zumbro river just fine.

To answer your qusetions about Willow, Fosters, and Chester, I believe you can run it on all area public waters. I think the restriction lies in no gas motors.

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have a 28lb thrust on my 15ft'r. I don't have a square stern but rig it w/ wt in the front to adjust the trim (level). It moves right along with just me. I reverse the canoe (sit in bow seat and go "backwards"), place the battery in the nose for wt. and off I go.

I have taken my teenagers (need both of my canoes) and make sort of a catamaran. That motor pushes us pretty well.

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